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New lesson length options at JCI - which one is right for you?

Different lesson lengths make sense for different reasons! Photo: @badhon_ebrahim

Different lesson lengths make sense for different reasons! Photo: @badhon_ebrahim

By Liz Townsend

Starting this summer, the Jazz and Creative Institute will offer 30, 45, and 60 minute lessons. You may wonder which lesson length is better for you. Determining this can be tricky since a number of factors go into this decision. Age, skill level, ambition, and financial matters all need to be considered alongside what your teacher’s recommendation is. Read on to see how your current lesson time matches up!

Age

Younger students, typically those in elementary school and middle school will typically thrive in 30-minute lessons. Attention spans of children of that age are much shorter, so the shorter lesson time suits them. When lessons are too long for a student’s attention span, the added lesson time could be put to waste because the student has disengaged.

As students get older, their attention span will likely grow longer. With a longer attention span, a 45-minute or 60-minute lesson can be very beneficial. It gives the student the opportunity to dig deeper into the music, allowing more progress during each lesson.

Skill Level

Many beginners, regardless of age, will do best with a 30-minute lesson. When a student is new on an instrument or is new to singing, there may not be the stamina to play on your instrument for longer than 30 minutes at a time. When a student is just beginning, there will also be fewer musical moments during the lessons to keep the student captivated. It may be beneficial to keep the lessons to 30 minutes in order to maintain interest.

It is more common for intermediate and advanced students to take 45 or 60-minute lessons. Once the student has developed enough skill and stamina on their given instrument, this added lesson time allows the student to advance more quickly by getting more out of each weekly lesson. Additionally, as the student advances, the music gets more difficult and there are more elements in their music that need focus. Now, it is also understood that some students may be quite skilled, but still lack the attention span for a longer lesson. In those cases, perhaps a 30-minute lesson would be more appropriate.

Ambition

Students start music lessons for a number of reasons; they may be genuinely interested in playing that instrument, they may start because their parents want them to, or they may even start lessons because it is what their friends are doing. This will likely affect students’ ambition in lessons. If the student is self-motivated and practices regularly as their teacher recommends, they will likely benefit from that longer lesson length. Additionally, students preparing for an audition should look to take longer lessons in order to make bigger strides each week.

If it is a struggle to get the student to practice, you may look to take 30-minute or 45-minute lessons. If the student is genuinely interested in learning the instrument, but lacks the time to put in the appropriate amount of practice, a 45-minute lesson may be beneficial so the teacher can build in guided practice time into the lesson.

Finances

Music lessons come at both a monetary and time cost. If you are interested in diving in deeper, but lesson time is determined by a monetary constraint, ask your teacher for additional resources, like books or websites that will help guide you on your own. You can also ask for additional exercises to work on during your practice.

Choosing the length of the lesson has to feel right to the student. You should consider each of the factors (age, skill level, ambition, and finances) when determining what is right for you. Everyone is different and there are certainly exceptions to these guidelines. When in doubt, ask your teacher for their advice. All of the faculty at Jazz and Creative Institute have had experiences with students of varying ages, levels, and ambitions, and will be able to help guide you to the best use of your time and money.

New Tuition at Jazz and Creative Institute

Beginning July 1, 2019, you’ll be able to take 45 and 60 minute lessons in addition to the 30 minute option. Pricing is as follows:

Our new lesson times and new pricing go into effect on July 1st, 2019.

Interested in discussing this more or changing your lesson length? Contact Benje at benje@jazzandcreative.com, Ashley at ashley@jazzandcreative.com or call 269-350-4311 to reach one of us.